The foresighting process

Workforce foresighting is a systemic approach to identifying the organisational capabilities and workforce skills necessary to enable industry to adopt and exploit innovative technologies. The foresighting process forms the first step of the Skills Value chain approach, which promotes connectivity between the UK’s innovation and skills systems, enabling better co-operation with the educaiton and training systems.

What is the process?

Workforce foresighting forms the first step of the Skills Value Chain approach, which promotes connectivity between the UK’s innovation and skills systems, enabling better co-operation within the education and training systems.

We achieve it through a structured process, bringing together insights convened from workshops with experts (domain specialists, employers and educators) and data collated from open source, global data sets.

The Workforce Foresighting System

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Workshops

Expert Input

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Output

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Reports

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Data Input

Data

National and global data sets

Future supply chain capabilities

Prototype occupational profiles and workforce skills

Changes needed to current training provision

Recommendations to cause action

This process spans six key steps across three phases: Considering, Identifying, Preparing, Carrying out, Communicating and Causing action. You can find more details in our downloads.

Phase 1

CONSIDERING

Collate and confirm challenge topics and their possible solutions aligned with strategic priorities

IDENTIFYING

Gain clarity and consensus on technology topics – make the case for foresighting

Phase 2

PREPARING

Convene experts and identify global data sources

CARRYING OUT

Run foresighting workshops with experts, collate and analyse data

COMMUNICATING

Insights and recommendations gathered from all research in an actionable report

Phase 3

CAUSING ACTION

Collate and confirm challenge topics and their possible solutions aligned with strategic priorities

How the process works

The foresighting process consists of six key steps. The output of this process will help employers and educators understand the skills gap and how best to tackle this challenge. Watch the video to learn about this process.

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